What We Do

We are on the ground in 177 countries including Pakistan, working with governments and people on local solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP Pakistan is a key development partner supporting the Government of Pakistan in achieving its own development objectives as well as the internationally agreed, anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goals

The goal of UNDP is to support the successive national and provincial governments in Pakistan in the formulation of national strategies and policies and their effective implementation. UNDP Pakistan does this through supporting the capacity development of institutions, strengthening community mobilization, assisting early recovery from disasters and internal displacements, reducing poverty, ensuring gender equity, improving environmental and climate change management, advocating and supporting equitable income generation policies and empowering legislatures and parliament.

UNDP in Pakistan

We work collectively with the Government and people of Pakistan, developing and supporting nationally-driven solutions to poverty reduction and improving livelihoods and resilience. Our work encompasses four thematic areas: Democratic Governance; Crisis Prevention & Recovery; Environment & Climate Change; Poverty Reduction and Development Policies. We are working countrywide with a particular focus on Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.

Our Stories

  • “We are more aware of our surroundings and I haven’t felt this productive in my entire life,” Muhammad Jaan. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Huma Akram

    Paving the Way for Women Empowerment
    Empowering Women

    For the first time in her 103 years, Muhammad Jaan feels productive and actively takes part in her village community meetings. She is one of the more

Projects and Initiatives

Women Elections

Electoral Cycle Support to the Election Commission of Pakistan

The project was set up following a request by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to the United Nations for electoral assistance. The project takes an electoral cycle approach supporting the periods before, during and after elections. The two phases of the project are Phase I: pre-elections and elections and Phase II: post-elections. more


Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas Programme

Under the Framework of the One UN in Pakistan, Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) is a Joint Programme Component within the UN Delivering as One. The inception of RAHA – in 2009 – owes to the presence of three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan in the preceding three decades, resulting in social, economic and environmental consequences. Almost 1.7 million Afghans refugees still remain in Pakistan following their large-scale repatriation in 2002. more

Rule of law

Strengthening Rule of Law in Malakand

The project is assisting in promoting the rule of law through provision of support to the justice and security sectors in Malakand, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. The rule of law programme aims to improve and deepen on-going efforts to secure peace and stabilization through enhancing justice and sectarian processes. Assistance is being provided for institutional and capacity development to rule of law institutions to ensure effective and speedy provision of justice and security services. more

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Reducing Risks & Vulnerabilities from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods

In Partnership with the Ministry of Climate Change and Pakistan Metrological department, Government of Pakistan, the project seeks to develop the human and technical capacity of public institutions & local communities to understand and address immediate glacial lake outburst flood risks in Gilgit & Chitral District. A glacial lake outburst flood is a type of outburst flood that occurs when the dam containing a glacial lake fails. more


Area Development Programme in Balochistan

The Area Development Programme Balochistan project is a community-based development programme. The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through increased incomes and productive assets in the target areas. more

Peace and Development Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The project aims to promote peace building and social cohesion in crisis affected areas through the rehabilitation of community basic infrastructure and to improve access of affected communities to basic services and facilities by restoring and rehabilitating community physical infrastructure. more

Disaster Risk Management Support

Due to the crucial need for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in Pakistan, the project was initiated to support the government and other stakeholders in drafting a five year programme under the UN One Programme-II (OP-II). The project aims to formulate a disaster risk management programme and provide operational and technical support to the national, provincial and district disaster management authorities. more

Sustainable Land Management to Combat Desertification

The project aims to combat land degradation & desertification in Pakistan in order to protect and restore degraded ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty. Phase-I has been designed to implement United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and for combating land degradation & desertification in Pakistan with the involvement of key stakeholders. more

Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization

The project is aiming to contribute to strengthening the democratic processes and institutions at the federal, provincial and local levels that are responsive and accountable to citizens, and effective in equitable service delivery. more

Promoting Employment and Productivity in the Garment Industry

This project aims to increase incomes and employment opportunities for youth and women and enhanced productivity in the garment/home textiles industry. Policy research, capacity development of small and medium enterprises and institutional strengthening to support sustainable growth in the textile sector have been identified as focus areas for the project. more

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Our Results
Dynamic Women in Elections 2013

In a special initiative, we have prepared a series of profiles highlighting particularly dynamic women involved in the 2013 General Elections. These profiles spotlight empowered women who are strengthening democracy in Pakistan as polling officials, master trainers and trainees of the elections results management system, constables, candidates contesting in elections, senior superintendent of police and many more.

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Featured Publications
Sindh Province MDG Report 2012

This report tracks the performance of Sindh province on achievements on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The available datasets suggest that in general, the current rate of progress is insufficient for the province to be able to achieve MDGs in their entirety, by 2015, since progress within various goals shows wide discrepancies. Some targets under different MDGs are likely to be achieved, if the province continues to show good performance.

Human Development Report 2013

The 2013 Human Development Report examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development.

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